In Brief

Ajman Tourism showcases emirate’s digital map

AJMAN Tourism Development Department (ATDD) showcased an interactive digital map for the emirate of Ajman, during the UAE innovates week held from February 21 to 27, 2021.

Ajman Digital Map includes the Emirate’s tourist sites, hotel establishments, restaurants, shopping malls, and parks, in addition to the government departments, universities, and other organisations. The map is updated regularly and includes attractions, new establishments, and additional information of interest to the visitors.

Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, ATDD Director General, stressed the keenness of the department to cope with the technological advancement in tourism to provide the best services to the visitors of the emirate.

“We are pleased to develop this interactive map that includes comprehensive information for the Emirate’s visitors to make their stay in Ajman an unforgettable experience. Ajman interactive digital map is a new distinction added to our record of achievements. This interactive map comes in line with our efforts to add new services that will enhance the Emirate’s position as a leading tourist destination, and also falls in line with Ajman 2021 vision,” Al Geziry said.


Duetto grows EMEA portfolio by 40,000 rooms

THE cloud-based revenue strategy platform, Duetto added 250 hotels and 40,000 hotel rooms to its EMEA portfolio last year, taking the number of hotel rooms on Duetto in the region to more than 225,000.

Hotel brands joining Duetto in 2020 included First Hotels, Generator & Freehand Hotels, Gorgeous Smiling Hotels, Hoteis Real, and Prizeotel/Radisson Hotels.

In 2020, Duetto was recognized as the number one revenue management system in Germany in terms of market penetration (32 per cent), number of brands (27 per cent), and independent hotels (40 per cent) in the German Hotel Technology Landscape report compiled by Hotelhero.

“2020 was a very challenging year for the hospitality industry. But the industry is a resilient one, and it has been great to see so many forward-looking hotel companies embracing this as a time for change,” said Michael Schäffner, VP of Sales, EMEA for Duetto. “With the vaccination program making steady progress, and as we head into a week of networking with a virtual ITB, there are strong signs recovery is on the horizon.”


GlobalStar and OneWurld partner globally

THE new travel landscape presents innovation opportunities. The announcement of a strategic global partnership between leading international travel management network GlobalStar Travel Management and travel technology specialist Snowstorm Technologies will enable both organisations to maximise these opportunities.

The partnership includes the launch of Snowstorm’s OneWurld Desktop product, bringing together global distribution with leading edge technology, a huge breadth of content and the combined experience of two established management teams. The partnership is further consolidated by the introduction of a brand-new hybrid hotel programme, Above & beyond.

Utilising OneWurld’s leading edge technology, the Above & beyond hotel programme is focused on driving competitive rates to its bookers, as well as saving hotel partners money in distribution costs. The hybrid solution comes not just from its mix of leisure/corporate focus but also from the provision of GlobalStar’s GDS hotel rates alongside direct connect and OTA rates with all major hotel groups and independent chains worldwide. extends reach with Sabre, Europe’s fastest growing online travel agency, and Sabre Corporation, a leading software and technology provider powering the global travel industry, announced a new strategic partnership. The agreement will see leverage Sabre’s well-established global position to support its continued growth and expand its market reach. is looking to further improve its competitive position and advance its global market share. Sabre is the premier global distribution system (GDS) in the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region and will fuel with unique content, competitive pricing, state-of-the-art business intelligence and online expertise. employs a multimodal approach that combines air and ground transport into one holistic experience.